NFL Draft

Olivia D., Sports Reporter

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     The 2017 NFL (National Football League) draft was held in Philadelphia from April 27th through April 29th. The NFL has a draft that is held before each season that lets the 32 teams select eligible players after their college career. This was the 82nd annual draft and 253 players were selected. There have been previous drafts that were held in Philadelphia, but the most recent was the 1961 NFL draft, fifty-six years ago. The other drafts held in Philadelphia were in 1946, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960.The draft took place along the Benjamin Franklin parkway, city hall, and the steps of the art museum. There were 250,000 fans that attended the 2017 NFL draft which is a new record for the most people to attend an NFL draft. All 32 NFL teams participated in the draft.

     The five teams that are believed to have improved the most after the 2017 draft are the Tennessee Titans, the Arizona Cardinals, the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Gregg Rosenthal on nfl.com

     There were many events and activities for fans to participate in at the NFL draft. At the NFL draft, they had a clinic, they also had a field goal kick where people could kick a field goal through the NFL uprights. People could take a vertical jump, a 40 yard dash, and many more including things being sold. The draft draws so much attention that an Eagles fan even ditched his honeymoon to go to the draft, showing that fans were very excited about the draft.

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